If you are an organisation’s principal duty holder, then you will have responsibility for managing the maintenance and repair of their premises and equipment. As part of this role, you will need to ensure that any asbestos in your building is correctly managed, recorded and that relevant parties are informed. If these records are not effectively managed, the results can be catastrophic for both businesses and their staff. The effective management of asbestos can result in several challenges for a business;
Manual systems – Asbestos reports are extremely comprehensive, averaging 60 pages in length. These static, highly detailed reports often result in managers being unable to gain a clear and transparent view of their asbestos information. It also means updates must be changed manually in every document, with communications sent to relevant parties every time information is added.
Complex stakeholder chains – The wide range of people who need to know the locations, type and amount of asbestos present means that it is often difficult for organisations to ensure that all stakeholders have access to relevant data. Any miscommunication of vital information could result in prosecutions, fines or catastrophic health and safety breaches.
Static systems – The traditional approach to managing asbestos is an extensive paper report. In many instances, these are often stored offsite and in a format that means staff lack the information they need to effectively manage their asbestos risks. Static reports also mean that if information changes, the entire report must be updated and communicated, creating a resource heavy process.